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Who could Rangers draw in the Europa League playoff?

It’s quite a tough set of teams this year.

Rangers v Shkupi - UEFA Europa League Qualifying Round Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images

With Rangers and Maribor both progressing to the next stage of Europa League qualifying, we now know that should we win the next tie we’ll be seeded for the final playoff round. Of the unseeded teams, we’ll face the winners of one of the following games:

Rapid Wien vs Slovan Bratislava

Red Bull Leipzig vs Universitea Craiova

Partizan Belgrade vs Nordsjaelland

Burnley vs İstanbul Başakşehir

Rijeka vs Strapsborg

Subotica vs Brondby

Atalanta vs Hapoel Haifa

Bordeaux vs Mariupol

Kairat vs Sigma Olomouc

Sturm Graz vs AEK Larnaca

Ufa vs Progres Niederkorn

Apollon Limassol vs Dinamo Brest

All in all, it looks like a much harder set of teams than last year, where the unseeded section of the playoff round was populated by some right jobbers. There aren’t many gimmes here - most of the real diddies are up against decent teams who should see them off quite handily, and there are some teams with vastly superior resources to ourselves in there, like Bordeaux, Atalanta, Burnley and Red Bull Leipzig.

Probably the best draw we could hope for is the winner of Kairat vs Sigma Olomouc, although Limassol vs Brest, Rijeka vs Strapsborg, and Rapid Wien vs Slovan Bratislava should also give us a very winnable game. The rest is going to range from tricky to extremely difficult. We might be seeded, but unfortunately this year it’s only making the job marginally easier - and of course we could still end up against a very good outfit from a big league.

On the other hand, it would be quite funny to see Burnley have to make another trip to “Fookin Scotlund????” yet again only to get duly humped after playing a real side, so there is that. Bring it on.